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New lifestyle, who dis?

Ever since I've gotten into the habit of hitting the gym on the regular, it's really gotten me to take be more conscious of what I'm eating. I want to clarify that I don't mean in the sense of how many calories I'm eating, but a sense of WHAT I'm eating. 

I've become a lot more aware of the type of food I'm consuming: is it organic? non-GMO? etc. I've started to spend a bit more of groceries because of this, but I believe that this is more of an investment into my health and overall well-being. To me, it's important that I'm fuelling by body with the right stuff because I'd rather get energy naturally than from coffee, which usually leaves me to crash after 2pm. I'm snacking healthier, consuming a lot more fruits (mainly in the mornings) and really eating my greens!

I also want to clarify that having this sense of healthy eating definitely does not stop me from eating wings on a Tuesday (because of the Tuesday special discount) either. I don't feel guilty after that at all. In fact, I prefer it this way. I like having that sense of balance where during the week I eat relatively healthy and on weekends and certain weekdays I give myself the freedom to eat whatever the heck I want. Balance is key! 

I've also found that fuelling my body with the right stuff makes me feel a bit more energized, but also I really do feel happier and less sluggish. I'm also not sure if this is a true correlation but hey, when you're happy, just take it right? I'm not sure if I should start to include any healthy recipes or anything but I feel like that's something I'd get into in the future. For now, I think that this whole new sense of awareness has given me the keys to really having a healthier lifestyle and one that just feels a lot more clear, focused, and of course great for my overall well-being. 

Image taken by @stephygraffs

 

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Everybody's gotta start somewhere

It's always great to write about your fitness journey and how you got to where you are in your journey now. I'll admit, I feel like I'm in a much more focused and disciplined place than when I first started. I feel like I have better direction, but we all had to start somewhere and I'd like to share how I got started and even what gets me going to continue on this lifestyle journey. 

What got me to even start working out in the first place is that one day I just started to realize that I felt so sluggish and tired all the time that I just needed to change. The thought literally came to me as I was on my fourth slice of pizza, slathered in caesar dressing, while drinking an ice cold Coke. I looked at my habits and realized that something had to change. I just couldn't continue feeling like this. 

After that day, I began obsessively researching on workout routines for beginners, different ways to eat healthy, and where the hell I would even start. My goal, naturally was to have flat abs, a poppin booty, and toned arms - yup, like I said, we all have to start somewhere. As I continued on my journey, I was definitely too strict on myself - my eating habits were very strict and I'll admit I made myself feel a bit guilty for indulging. I hit the gym everyday focusing on different areas of the body to work out and when I first started some-odd years ago I could barely do a push-up. These days - I'm definitely able to do push-ups and a lot more. 

Fast-forward to an on-and-off relationship with the gym to now (more consistent visits) and I feel like these days I've found a better balance. I'm a lot more focused on feeling better from the inside-out, rather than aesthetically. I'm focused on eating healthier, better meals but also enjoying every bite of a delicious burger and fries. I think I found a better relationship with the gym and have really started to push myself to try out different forms of fitness, like my newest challenge: boxing. 

These days, the way that I continue to stay motivated is because hitting the gym or just even eating healthier has now become a habit. It feels more natural and a lot better to take the time to really take care of myself and invest in my own well-being. It hasn't always been easy that's for sure, but it's been one hell of a journey. These days I look at fitness as a tool and a gift that I've given to myself. It's an investment into myself and hopefully I can share this love of health and fitness on others without coming off as too preachy, but rather passionate. 

Images taken by @stephygraffs

 

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My fitness journey

Growing up I was never the athletic type. I was more of the "got chosen almost last, was never on a team, tried to get out of gym class" kind of kid. I basically hated gym class and anything particularly active (except for dance) because I guess I just lacked the confidence in myself to really try. Even in high school, I made sure I took gym in grade nine so I could get it out of the way...yup, I hated it all. Fast forward to adulthood and never would I have thought that I would be SO into health and fitness that I would want to blog about it and share my fitness journey!

In fact, I LOVE going to the gym and trying out new activities! Trust me, childhood me would not have even imagined that I would thoroughly enjoy being active, going to the gym and really taking hold of a healthy lifestyle. As a kid, I was often teased by relatives for being "too skinny" and "looking like I wasn't eating enough", which, if you know me, you know that I eat a lot so their comments weren't the greatest to hear at such a young age. Fitness allows me to really be confident in how I feel about my body, was the key to jumpstarting healthier eating choices, and pushed me out of my comfort zone to try different workouts and activities. 

Don't get me wrong, it took awhile to get to this point. When I first started regularly working out, it was a bit of a struggle. I could barely do a push up! But as time passed, I started to see and more importantly, feel better about myself. I also was able to feel stronger too. It got me to make more conscious eating choices and pushed me to start cooking too!

These days, I try to pack my schedule with regular trips to the gym, once a week in boxing, and trying to find new activities I can get myself into that are budget-friendly! It's something that I view as an investment into myself and just another form of self-care. I won't say fitness is my latest obsession, but I will say it's very high on my top 10 favourite things. 

Images taken by @stephygraffs

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